I suspect that the Fallen only people who read this book are people like me who are trying to complete reading all Newbery medal winners. While it has the benefit of historical accuracy on its side, especially with a surprisingly even recounting of the white man's continuous duplicity in dealing with the Indian tribes, the author's predilection for florid prose means that this book has very little chance of revealing any insight about Daniel Boone.I didn't hate it -- possibly because it really Fallen didn't draw that much passion from me. Actually, the thing I felt strongest about was the illustrations.His arm and thigh were Fallen broken, and he was so near the burning house that the grease was stewing out of him. The book also has a distinct bias against Native Americans.Poor for much of his life, hunting skins to make Fallen a living, stoic about the death of his son Israel, he is portrayed here as the consummate early American: tough, proud, self-sufficient, uncomplaining. In the end this book was just as big a bust as I expected.
Who'd have thought it a big enough place to merit a mention in the Daniel Boone story?Mostly though, this book was just Fallen a sort of recitation of activities in a surprisingly matter-of-fact voice. Invincible Louisa, seeming to find it necessary to let you know every name of historical significance the biography's subject encounters.Interesting to see the attitudes of Fallen the 1930's when this was written. I was just skimming reviews of this book (which I started last night), and had to laugh at your last paragraph.Fallen I know the Daniel Boone song, and it got stuck in my head every time I looked at that dumb book2. Daugherty approaches his subject with lusty, overwrought prose that shows no fear of syntax or awkwardly chosen metaphors.I would recommend this book to Ed Wood fans Fallen and anyone who enjoys epic failure. In fact, I think the only reason I might recommend it would be as part of a study of bias in historical writing and the changing views of race and violence over time.
Going through Newberys in Fallen order is rather painful. I *am* in a group that's reading all the Newbery award winners! LOL and none of us is liking this one :)Thanks for your review!.I've even been there once! Fallen So that part was interesting. From farmer to wilderness traveler, Daniel was a family man.Perhaps the worst part was that I found myself not caring about Fallen what Daniel Boone was doing most of the time. But this book makes a trek into unknown widerness about as dry as uncooked oatmeal.I'm Fallen still laughing over the description of cradles overflowing with babies or nut trees showering young lovers with their meaty bounty. I'm related to General Custer.
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